A 23-year-old female asked:
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my blood work shows high mpv and low ferritin what could this be ? can low ferritin be colon cancer? and high mpv i read can mean risk of stroke

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Dr. Kenny Chuu
12 years experience Internal Medicine
Iron deficiency: Not to worry. At your age, unless it runs in the family, there is extremely low chance this is colon cancer. Likely what your tests say is that you just have a little iron deficiency. This is very common to see in young healthy females as a result of menstrual periods and not enough dietary iron intake. The elevated MPV is likely due to secondary effects of the iron deficiency. Keep your follow up
Answered on Sep 2, 2017
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